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Friday 05 November 2010 “Communication – Cooperation – Collaboration” Volume 5, Number 14
The Coalition, Inc.
Board of Directors
Gary R. Adams
(President/CEO), John
E. Churchville
Josephine Blow, Stanley
Daniels, Edwin
Desamour, Nijah
Famous, Kendall Hayes-
Fullard, Tom ‘Bunny’
Henry, Abdul Malik
Table of content
For Our Children … 02
This Week … 07
Employment and
Training Opportunities
… 11
Health Matters …12
Green Piece … 21
Personal and Home
Security …25
Grants, Scholarships &
Instruction… 26
SpotLight … 30
Arts for Awareness …
Coming Up …33
Computers and
Technology … 34
A Hand Up … 35
On The Airways … 38
Greetings Coalition Family!
We cannot wait for governments to do it all. Globalization
operates on Internet time. Governments tend to be slow moving
by nature, because they have to build political support for every
step. - Kofi Annan
Help reduce organizational paranoia, share ideas and solutions,
“Communicate… Cooperate… Collaborate” “We each hold a piece to
the puzzle.”
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“It is easier to build children than it is to repair men.”…Frederick Douglass
Education/Civil Rights/Bullying Letter
In a 10-page letter to schools, colleges and universities, Russlynn Ali,
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education (ED),
advised that bullying may violate students' civil rights. The letter outlined
the legal obligations that school staff has to protect students from peer
harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex or disability.
Secretary Ali reminded schools that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibit
discrimination based on disability status. In August of this year, the
Obama Administration hosted the first ever National Bullying Summit
and launched the Stop Bulling Now campaign, a national database of
effective anti-bullying programs (see: To read a
copy of the letter, go to:
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The Neighborhood Youth Achievement Program "Roll With Us To
Success" after school program purpose is to assist in preparing students to
be successful in their continuing education, to create positive learning
habits and work habits, to prepare students to be successful in their
careers, to teach students to be responsible and informed citizens, to teach
students to communicate effectively, and to create a basis for a desire for
lifelong learning through positive activities. Activities such as: healthy
cooking is cool, music, dance, arts, computer skills, 1000 Reading Book
Challenge, Go Green & Garden, Africa to America History, Image
Development, Writing, Poetry, Cultural trips and more.
Cost: scholarships and family discounts available
Location: 5806 Master Street
To Register email us today:
The organization mission is to help develop at risk youth to become
healthy, productive adults through holistic programs and services. We
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If you’ve not been on
someone else’s farm, you
cannot say that you’re the
only true farmer. -
Ghanaian Proverb
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create a safe environment where children can have fun participating in a
variety of enriching extended day activities.
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City will host
The 22nd Annual National Dropout Prevention Conference:
From Rhetoric to Action: Ready, Set, Graduate!
will take place
from Sunday, November 14th to Wednesday, November 17th
at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel
12th and Market Streets.
The conference, sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention
Center/Network at Clemson University, is designed to enhance the
leadership skills of all adults who are seeking to strengthen interventions
among school, community, and families especially those in at-risk
The conference program includes middle/high school transition, parental
involvement, urban education, best practices in multiple pathways to
graduation, extended learning opportunities, legislative affairs,
research/early warning indicators, career and technical education, and
literacy strategies.
For details, go here.
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Cap4Kids Hint of the Week
The Low Income Home Energy Assistant Program (LIHEAP) is now
open for families in need of utility relief.
Did you know that over 50,000 homes that are eligible for this program
and don't know this?
On the Cap4Kids website, under Housing, you will find information about
this and other programs as well as the most current application.
Please see announcement from the Phila Dept of Public Health below.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grants
help pay winter heating bills and can help restore service if service is off.
The LIHEAP Program opens Monday, November 1, 2010.
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has begun
mailing pre-printed applications to last year's LIHEAP recipients.
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The harder you work, the
harder it is to surrender. -
Vince Lombardi
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favorite relevant
quote, why not
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readers. send to
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with the submission.
To join The Coalition
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Commitment and
return it to us
If you receive a pre-printed application, review the Eligibility for
and How to Apply for LIHEAP pages
What is LIHEAP?
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income
families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant. You do not have to
repay it. The grant amount is determined by household size and income;
the minimum grant is $300.00, the maximum grant is $1,000.00.
To receive help:
You don't have to be on public assistance
You don't need to have an unpaid heating bill
You can either rent or own your home
Important Information for CRP Customers Who Are Applying for
PGW will apply the LIHEAP grant directly to the "Please Pay" amount
for CRP customers. This means that a LIHEAP grant will lower your bill
because it will reduce the amount you are asked to pay.
More Information
To hear additional, pre-recorded information and updates to the LIHEAP
program, please call the PGW LIHEAP Hotline at (215) 684-6100.
Crisis Grant
Crisis is a federal grant designed to help pay for heating costs in a heating
emergency, when service is shut off or threatened to be shut off.
The UESF program is now open.
Utility Emergency Services Fund
UESF grants are available to income-eligible customers whose service has
been terminated and to those who have received a shut off notice, to help
them pay off the balance of their bill.
~ ~ ~
Teen pregnancy is a major issue that many of our communities face.
Here are the facts:
The U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world –
twice as high as in England or Canada.
2006 saw the first rise in the U.S. teen pregnancy rate in 15 years.
An estimated 750,000 teens will become pregnant this year.
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He who is contented is rich.
Lao Tzu
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• About 1 in 3 women become pregnant at least once before they're
• A sexually active teen girl who does not use contraceptives has a
90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year.
• It affects education - only a third of teen mothers earn their high
school diploma. And only 1.5% has a college degree by age 30.
• It also affects their kids - girls born to teen mothers are more likely
to be teen mothers themselves. Boys born to teen moms are more
likely to end up in prison.
• 75% of girls and over half of boys report that girls who have sex do
so because their boyfriends want them to.
• 8 in 10 girls and 6 in 10 boys say they wish they had waited until
they were older to have sex. Most teens (6 in 10) and adults (3 in 4)
believe that teen boys often receive the message that they are
“expected to have sex.”
Diapers are expensive, but it's nothing compared to the $9 billion that teen
pregnancy costs the United States each year. This includes increased
spending in child welfare costs and public sector health care.
To address these issues, on the
website, under Pregnancy and Infant Resources,
there is a section on Teen Pregnancy resources
including the ELECT Teen CPC centers with a newly posted referral
sheet, fact sheet (see attached), and Middle Years and MARS programs.
Please become familiar with these resources and
refer families and teens in need.
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Help For Parents With School-Age Children
Are you a parent, relative, or health care professional with any of the
following scenarios?
* Not too sure how to register child for Kindergarten or Head Start.
* Trying to decide on what type of school best fits a child's needs. Public
or Charter or Magnet or Catholic?
* Want to get a child motivate and focused on college.
* Want to get child back in school after taking a leave, but don't know
what options there are for out-of-school youth.
* Child being bullied in school and don't know what to do.
* Child not doing well in school and may have a learning difference.
On the website, under the Education
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"The weak can never
forgive. Forgiveness is the
attitude of the strong."
- Mahatma Gandhi
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parent handout
and the Resource tab there are resources
in the community to help advocates for children find help for their child's
educational needs. Please become familiar with the listed resources and
continue to bridge the gap between families in need and the agencies and
resources that serve them.
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Black College Tours 2010 (40+)
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With a little over 50% of our kids graduating high school on time
and only 18% graduating college, we MUST all work on this issue
together for the future of our city.
The Mayor's office recently created an office called "PhillyGoes2College"
that will start working to improve these statistics
ocus_on_increasing_college_admissions.html), and on the website, under the Education Handout,
you will find multiple sources for children, families and child advocates
to help, from an early age, on the road to educational success
Here you will find listings for various school choices, timelines, and
resources for out-of-school youth, and college prep and college admission
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The Food stamp program under the new stimulus package is now
called the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
Did you know?
Eligibility for SNAP benefits changed so many more families in food
insecure households are now eligible.
On the website, under the Food and
Nutrition parent handout, you will find several organizations who can
help families find out if they are eligible. Also, on the COMPASS website
they can apply for these benefits and many others.
For more info you can also go to
Please continue to link families in need with the appropriate social
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"If you always give you will
always have." - Chinese
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services agencies that serve them through Cap4Kids. Thanks.
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Online resources for parents:,,
PhillyCAM First Friday November Viewing Party:
An evening showcasing Youth Media
To coincide with First Friday in Old City and at the Painted Bride Arts
Center, PhillyCAM presents a special two hour program of Community
produced programming media by and for youth and young adults on
Friday November 5th
from 5:30 pm – 7:30pm
PhillyCAM studio
232 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA
An hour of networking with the Youth Media Producers
will follow until 8:30pm.
Highlights include short videos by Youth Arts and Self Empowerment,
Asian Arts Initiative, Norris Square Neighborhood Project Prodigies,
Youth Empowerment Services,
University Community Collaborative, Temple Media Lab,
Philadelphia Student Union and selections from PhillyCAM’s recurring
series Straight Up Real Talk from the West Kensington Ministry who will
be hosting an open mic session following the Q&A until 10pm!!!
Philadelphia Community Access Media cablecasts on Comcast 66/966
and Verizon FIOS 29/30.
Watch the show on TV or get out and about and see it live and
meet producers in person at the
PhillyCAM studio
232 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA
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Rep. Johnson to hosts the 2nd Student Achievement College Fair
presented by
State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson, D-Philadelphia, and Alpha Phi Alpha
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"Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about
them. You will find that
they haven't half the
strength you think they
have." - Norman Vincent
All entries for
submission should
be received by
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prior to publish
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Fraternity, Inc., Omicron Delta Lambda Chapter.
Saturday, November 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Prep Charter High School
1928 Point Breeze Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa.
Our nation is currently facing a huge educational deficit that’s impacting
the plight of the youth and the future of our city. This educational
shortfall is felt most among Latino and African-American males who
currently lead the nation and city in the drop-out rate. State Rep. Kenyatta
Johnson (D-Philadelphia) is responding to this crisis by bringing college
resources to students and families in the Philadelphia community.
“One of the most essential life skills that a person should have is hope.”
Rep. Johnson states. “It is our responsibility as community leaders,
educators, and parents to ensure we are producing hopeful youth who
aspire and dream to become something significant.”
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will conduct a rally so participants have
the right information when speaking to college recruiters. In addition, the
college fair will include a financial aid workshop that will provide
information on scholarships and grants, and important deadlines when
applying for financial aid.
Please contact the Office of State Representative Kenyatta Johnson at
(215) 952-3378 for additional information.
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"500 Nations"
A true understanding of what Thanks-taking Day really represents!
Saturday, November 6th, 2010
(Every 1st Saturday of the Month)
Songhai City Cultural Center
3117 Master Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
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Every person who wins in
any undertaking must be
willing to cut all sources of
retreat. Only by doing so
can one be sure of
maintaining that state of
mind known as a burning
desire to win which is one
of the essentials to success.
- Napoleon Hill
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Only $5 per person
(khildren 5 & under are FREE)
Who's Invited:
The Entire BLACK Family!
Film starts promptly at 3:45pm
Come out to the Movies with us Black Family in November as we feature
"500 NATIONS"!
Call (888) 817-3235 for more information!!!
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National Constitution Center - Kirby Auditorium
Mon, Nov 8 2010, 6:30p.m. - 9:30p.m.
While we would usually never ask people to shell out cash to see Tigre
Hill's documercial "The Barrel of a Gun" financed by the Philadelphia
FOP to promote their line on Mumia's case,
this screening will be followed by a debate between
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams
and attorney/activist Michael Coard
as well as a debate between
Hill and Professor Johanna Fernandez,
producer of the new documentary Justice for Mumia.
We want as many supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal in the hall who can
make it to support Attorney Coard and to make sure the truth get's out.
Tigre Hill asserts the December 1981 shooting of Police Officer Daniel
Faulkner was premeditated despite ample evidence to the contrary. The
premise of Hill's film is a rehash of the same arguments used by Michael
Smerconish and Maureen Faulkner in their book, and also the same theme
raised in the sentencing phase of Mumia's 1982 hearing by the prosecutor
which will be central to Mumia's appeals hearing before the Third Circuit
Court on Tuesday, November 9.
Lynn Doyle, Emmy award winning host of the Comcast Network’s “It’s
Your Call” will moderate the discussion.
This showing of “The Barrel of a Gun” and subsequent dialogue between
Williams and Coard are purposely planned a day prior to the arguments
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The brave person confronts
fear and moves toward it. It
then gets smaller. - Unkown
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before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for a new sentence
hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal. On January 19, the U.S. Supreme Court
vacated a federal appeals court ruling that threw out Abu-Jamal's death
sentence because of a confusingly worded verdict instruction that
arguably led the jury to a sentence of death over life in prison.
Let's pack the house with Mumia support! We have been able to purchase
blocks of tickets at $13 each so we can make sure Mumia supporters are
in the audience, and not just the FOP.
If you want to purchase one of these tickets, please contact International
Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal at 215-476-8812.
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PUP’s 35th Anniversary
Friday November 12, 6 PM
The View
800 N. Broad Street
John Meyerson, PUP Board Chair and Legislative Director of
UFCW Local 776
PUP Alumni
State Senator Shirley Kitchen
State Representative Vanessa Brown
Entertainment by Legendary Cobolt Blues Band
Honor 35 Years of Organizing for Justice for Poor
and Unemployed Workers.
Tickets $70 - PUP members $35
Scholarships available for low income
Ads for the Ad book are still available.
For more information call Philadelphia Unemployment Project
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Those who make peaceful
revolution impossible will
make violent revolution
inevitable. – John F.
Coalition members!
Get ‘Your’ web link
on The Coalition,
Inc. web site
at 215-557-0822.
John Dodds, Director,
Philadelphia Unemployment Project
112 N. Broad St. 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-557-0822 ext. 102
fax 557-6981
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State Rep W. Curtis Thomas
is holding a
Private Sector Job Fair
Beloved St. John Church
4541N. Broad Street,
Phila, PA 19140.
Thursday, October 28th.
We appreciate your cooperation in this matter
and hope to see you at the Job Fair.
Micki Rozario
Executive Asst. to MoJO
W. Curtis Thomas
State Representative
181st Legislative District
Commonwealth of PA
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Green Job Readiness Training
Can I enroll in the program?
YES! If you are 25+ years old, male or female, and live in ZIP codes:
19102, 19103, 19106, 19107, 19112, 19123*, 19130*,19145, 19146,
19147, 19148
YES! If you can pass a drug test
There will be a short placement test (reading and math) after the
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A father was at the beach
with his children when his
four-year-old son ran up to
him, grabbed his hand, and
led him to the shore, where
a seagull lay dead in the
"Daddy, what happened to
him?" the son asked. "He
died and went to Heaven,"
the dad replied.
The boy thought a moment
and then said, "Did God
throw him back down?"
Submit your own humor,
and let our readers know
how funny you can be. We
obviously need the help. ; )
(Family appropriate)
orientation. Please bring your state issued photo ID.
How long is the training?
9 weeks (5 days a week from 9am - 4:30pm)
Training at Mamie Nichols Center & Houston Center
When can I start?
Upcoming Start Dates are: 03 Jan 2011, 21 Mar 2011, 06 Jun 2011, 22
Aug 2011
Attend one info session, to be considered for the next class, at:
Mamie Nichols Center, 1529 S. 22nd St. (every other Tuesday)
Houston Center, 2029 S. 8th St. (every other Friday)
CALL NOW to register for the info session
or find out more! 215-336-1111 Ext.
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FEMA positions up to six figures available in online Coalition Group
ongoing updates will be posted as they become available.
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CCP Job Ready program offers green-collar training
Community College of Philadelphia’s
Job Ready Training Program
is providing 12 week, career-specific training that will lead to emerging
green-collar careers and industry-recognized certificates
for program completers.
The College and its partners will provide education and training to
qualified veterans, unemployed workers, ex-offenders and other residents
who live in portions of North Philadelphia, Kensington and Port
Richmond for entry-level jobs in the green manufacturing and
weatherization industries.
For more information, call 215-496-6148 or email here.
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Vitamin B12 tied to Alzheimer's
New Alzheimer's guidelines aim for early diagnosis
Mon, Oct 11 2010
By Frederik Joelving
NEW YORK | Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:17pm EDT
(Reuters Health) –
Vitamin B12 may help protect against Alzheimer's disease.
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Two old guys were sitting
under a tree, watching the
sun go down. One says,
"You know, I'm 84 years
old and my body is full of
aches and pains. You're
about my age. How do you
The other guy says, "Oh, I
feel like a newborn baby."
"Really," says the first guy.
"Yep," says the second one.
"No teeth, no hair and I
think I just wet my pants."
(thx. ‘a friend’)
The study suggests that seniors with more of the active part of the vitamin
in their blood have a lower risk of developing the disease, which eats
away at the minds of one in eight Americans aged 65 and older, according
to the Alzheimer's Association.
However, the findings don't necessarily mean that taking B vitamin
supplements will stave off mental decline.
Just last summer, for instance, a pair of studies deflated long-held hopes
that B vitamins -- like B12 and folic acid -- would help patients who had
suffered strokes or heart attack
(see Reuters Health stories of June 22 and August 4, 2010).
"More research is needed before we can get a conclusion on the role of
vitamin B12 supplements on neurodegenerative diseases such as
Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Babak Hooshmand from Karolinska
Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, whose findings appear in the journal
But he added that many elderly people suffer from B12 deficiency, so the
results could turn out to be important.
"Our findings indicate that vitamin B12 and related metabolites may have
an important role in Alzheimer's disease," Hooshmand told Reuters
Health by e-mail.
The researchers took blood samples from 271 Finnish seniors without
dementia. At a second examination about seven years later, they found 17
(six percent) had developed Alzheimer's.
Those who did had higher levels of holotranscobalamin -- the active
portion of vitamin B12 -- and lower levels of homocysteine, an amino
acid tied to mental decline, stroke and heart disease. Folic acid was not
linked to Alzheimer's.
B vitamins decrease homocysteine levels, and so have attracted a lot of
attention as a potentially cheap and safe treatment. But it is unclear if they
are just a sign of disease or have a causal role.
Neurologist Dr. Sudha Seshadri, of Boston University, said he wouldn't
advise taking extra B vitamins unless a doctor had diagnosed signs of
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My watch is three hours
fast, and I can't fix it. So
I'm going to move to New
York. - Steven Wright
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"Too much folate in the presence of B12 deficiency can be harmful," he
told Reuters Health by e-mail.
However, he added, "A healthy diet with adequate B12 may still be useful
in reducing risk despite the failure of initial clinical trials to show a
benefit on cognition."
Vitamin B12 is found in a variety of foods, including dairy, eggs, fish and
SOURCE: Neurology, October 19, 2010.
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Collards and carrots may ward off breast cancer
By Lynne Peeples
NEW YORK | Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:19pm EDT
(Reuters Health) - Eating lots of carrots and cruciferous vegetables --
collard greens, cabbage, broccoli -- could reduce breast cancer risk,
particularly an aggressive form common among African American
women, suggests a large new study.
The researchers looking at data from the ongoing Black Women's Health
Study did not find a similar benefit from fruit intake.
Previous studies of the relationship between fruit and vegetable
consumption and breast cancer in white women have led to conflicting
results, and no prior research has investigated this link separately among
African American women, lead researcher Dr. Deborah A. Boggs, of
Boston University, told Reuters Health in an e-mail.
Boggs noted her team's earlier work showing that a so-called "prudent
diet" high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fish led to a lower risk of
estrogen receptor-negative breast cancers among African American
The ER-negative form of breast cancer, which is insensitive to the
hormone estrogen, is more common in this population than among white
women. It is also more difficult to treat and more often fatal than
estrogen-sensitive cancers.
Overall, breast cancer is the second leading cancer-killer for both African
American and white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. Approximately 1 in 8 American women will develop the
disease at some point in life, although age, heredity and environmental
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We’ve received quite a few
stories about dumb
criminals; we’ll be sharing
some in the next few weeks.
This One's Not a Criminal,
But Still Pretty Dumb.. A
woman called the poison
control center, upset
because her little daughter
had eaten some ants. The
person at poison control
assured her that ants were
not dangerous and that her
little girl would be fine. The
mother was relieved, then
(fortunately) mentioned
that she had given her
daughter some ant poison
to kill the ants. She was told
to get to the emergency
room as quickly as possible.
factors can increase an individual's risk.
Boggs and her colleagues wanted to find out whether fruits and vegetables
drove the beneficial effect they saw in women eating the prudent diet and
whether specific varieties are particularly protective.
They tracked the diets and health of more than 50,000 African American
women from across the U.S. for 12 years. About 1,300 of the women
developed new cases of breast cancer during that period, 35 percent of
them ER-negative.
The researchers found, however, that women who ate at least two servings
of vegetables a day had a 43 percent lower risk of ER-negative breast
cancer compared with women who ate fewer than four servings of
vegetables each week.
Further, they identified certain types of vegetables that appeared to reduce
the risk of all types of breast cancer, including broccoli, collard greens,
cabbage and carrots.
Women who ate three or more servings a week of carrots, for instance,
had a 17 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer than women who
ate carrots less than once a month.
The results for all vegetables held after accounting for other potential
breast cancer risk factors, such as physical activity, smoking, alcohol
consumption and education level, as well as consumption of other
components of the prudent diet, the researchers report in the American
Journal of Epidemiology.
Still, it is too early to determine if this is a true cause-and effectrelationship,
they note. High vegetable consumption could mark a
healthier lifestyle in general or some other unknown mechanism that
accounts for the apparent protection. Vegetables' cancer-staving power
needs to be confirmed in further studies, the researchers write.
"Most Americans do not meet the recommendation of five servings of
vegetables per day, based on a 2,000-calorie diet, and African Americans
in particular eat fewer vegetables on average than do whites," said Boggs.
"It is clear that, in addition to potential protective effects against breast
cancer, higher vegetable consumption can lead to many health benefits,
including lower risk of cardiovascular disease," she added. "Therefore, we
recommend that African American women try to increase their daily
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We owe a lot to Thomas
Edison - if it wasn't for
him, we'd be watching
television by candlelight. -
Milton Berle
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intake of vegetables to meet the established guidelines."
SOURCE: American Journal of Epidemiology,
online October 11, 2010.
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New guidelines drop the "P" from CPR
(Reuters Health) - After 50 years of loyal service, traditional CPR is being
replaced by a new, bare-bones version of the life-saving emergency
Forget about yucky mouth-to-mouth contact -- the P in cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR) -- and get right down to pumping hard and fast on the
chest, the American Heart Association said on Monday,
That will keep oxygen-rich blood flowing to the brain until trained
rescuers can take over.
"Chest compressions are the most important part of CPR," said Dr.
Michael Sayre, a spokesman for the American Heart Association. "The
major change is switching to starting CPR with chest compressions rather
than opening an airway and doing rescue breathing."
Only if a rescuer has been specifically trained in conventional CPR should
they give rescue breathing as well, added Sayre, also of Ohio State
University in Columbus.
Recent studies have shown that CPR without rescue breathing works as
well as or better than the full version in most people who suffer cardiac
And it might also get more people to do CPR, which is currently
performed only about half the time when someone witnesses a person
collapse from cardiac arrest. Some 300,000 Americans suffer cardiac
arrests every year, and less than one in 10 survive.
That dismal number hasn't changed in three decades. But doctors say it
could, and part of the solution is to get more bystanders to roll up their
sleeves and start chest compressions in the center of the chest.
The ideal rate is at least 100 compressions per minute -- coincidentally,
about the same pace as the Bee Gees 1977 disco hit "Stayin' Alive." Each
compression should be about two inches (five centimeters) deep in adults
and children, and about one and a half inches in infants. Rescuers should
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Kathy’s Korner!
An older gentleman needed
surgery. His son was a
renowned surgeon. The
man insisted that his son
perform the operation.
As he was about to get the
anesthesia he asked to
speak to his son.
"Yes, Dad, what is it?"
"Don't be nervous, son, Do
your best and just
remember, if it doesn't go
well, if something happens
to me, your mother is going
to come and live with you
and your wife."
(Kathy Parsons is a
regular contributor.)
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not lean on the chest between compressions; it's important to let the chest
return to its starting position.
"If you see the victim suddenly collapse -- one minute they're walking and
talking and the next minute they are on the ground -- then the odds are
high that it is cardiac arrest," Sayre said.
If the victim is not breathing or not breathing normally, "Tap on their
shoulder to see if you can wake them up. If you can't, then we recommend
starting chest compressions after calling 911."
If you start CPR on someone who collapsed for some reason other than a
cardiac arrest, "they usually just wake up," said Sayre, adding that serious
injuries were rare.
Earlier this month, Arizona saw the effects of a state-wide campaign to
get bystanders to do hands-only CPR.
Five years after health officials started promoting the technique, the
chances of surviving a cardiac arrest had more than doubled, reaching
close to 10 percent. And those victims who received hands-only CPR had
more than 1.5 times the odds of making it compared to those who got
conventional CPR (see Reuters Health story of Oct 5, 2010).
"I don't see any reason why in the future you wouldn't have a better
chance of surviving than dying of a cardiac arrest," Dr. Bentley J.
Bobrow, of Arizona's Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma
System, told Reuters Health at the time.
He noted, however, that factors such as public-access defibrillators --
which can jolt the heart back to its normal rhythm -- and better hospital
care are also important.
For people who are trained in conventional CPR, the new guidelines
recommend giving two breaths after 30 compressions, and then repeating
the cycle.
That may be especially helpful for many children and people who have
drowned, because their blood is out of oxygen.
But for the majority of American adults with cardiac arrest, the heart
gives in suddenly because the arteries that supply it with blood get
clogged by cholesterol. For those people, keeping the blood flowing
without interruption appears to be vital.
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At a clearance sale, the wife
of a federal district court
judge found a green tie that
was a perfect match for one
of her husband's sports
jackets. Soon after, while
the husband was hearing a
complicated cocaine
conspiracy case, he noticed
a small round disc sewn
into the design of the tie.
The judge showed it to an
FBI agent, who was equally
suspicious that it might be a
bug planted by the
conspiracy defendants. The
agent sent the device to FBI
headquarters in
Washington DC for
Two weeks later, the judge
phoned the Washington
office to learn the results of
their tests. "We're not sure
where the disc came from,"
the FBI told him, "but we
discovered that when you
press it, it plays 'Jingle
The American Heart Association has created a short web tutorial that
shows how to do effective CPR. It's available at
SOURCE: Circulation, October 18, 2010.
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Health coverage for uninsured still available
One of the key programs of the health reform act passed by Congress is
March is the high-risk insurance pools program, designed for individuals
with pre-existing medical conditions who were previously unable to get
health insurance.
Pennsylvania’s program, called PA Fair Care, still has a few slots open
for eligible individuals before a waiting list is created. The program was
initially intended to serve about 3500 people.
Those who qualify for the coverage should act quickly as these slots will
almost certainly not fill the need of all Pennsylvanians who qualify. The
slots are filled on a first come first served basis.
To be eligible for Pennsylvania’s high-risk pool, individuals must be a
resident of Pennsylvania, be a UW citizen or legal resident, have been
uninsured for six months prior to the date of application, and have a preexisting
condition, as listed by the state Department of Insurance.
The plan's benefit package will include preventive care, physician
services, diagnostic testing, hospitalization, mental health services,
prescription medications and much more, with subsidized premiums of
$283 a month.
For more information or to apply, go here
or call 888-767-7015 (TTY 1-888-767-7018).
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Too much fructose could raise your blood pressure
By Frederik Joelving
(Reuters Health) - Do you need a reason to cut down on sweetened
beverages? Their fructose content might increase your blood pressure,
doctors said Thursday.
Although not all studies agree, the findings add to a growing body of
evidence that too much of the ubiquitous sugar -- found in fruits as well as
high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar -- can have important health
consequences. (See Reuters Health story of May 24, 2010.)
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High blood pressure, for example, increases the risk of strokes, heart
disease and kidney failure.
Close to one in three Americans suffer from elevated blood pressure, a
rate that has tripled in the past century, the researchers say in the Journal
of the American Society of Nephrology. While the reasons aren't clear,
diet and lifestyle changes are the main suspects.
To test the link between blood pressure and fructose, they used nationally
representative survey data from more than 4,500 adults. The survey
included questions about all sources of fructose, whereas most earlier
studies had focused on soft drinks.
On average, they found, people said they consumed 74 grams of fructose
per day -- roughly the amount in four soft drinks. Even though none of
them had experienced blood pressure problems, about a third turned out to
have borderline high blood pressure and eight percent had hypertension
(readings of at least 140/90 mmHg, compared with normal values of
120/80 or less).
The more fructose their diet included, the more likely they were to have
high blood pressure. Of course, that could have been influenced by a
variety of factors, such as obesity and disease, or getting too much of
other sugars, salt or alcohol.
But even when adjusting for all these factors, the odds of having high
blood pressure increased in those whose fructose intake was above
average. For the most severe form -- stage 2 hypertension -- the odds were
7 percent higher. Given the new findings, people might want to think
twice about what they throw into their shopping carts, said Dr. Michel
Chonchol of the University of Colorado Denver, who worked on the
"In the grocery store, you see food without high-fructose corn syrup," he
said, adding that it would make sense to reduce fructose intake by
choosing those products and avoiding the ones containing added sugars.
"There is no question that fructose itself appears to have effects that other
sugars don't have," said Chonchol. The exact mechanisms are unclear,
although several have been proposed, he added.
"What we need now are clinical trials, where you take people with
hypertension and place them on a diet with low fructose and see if that
lowers their blood pressure," said Rachel K. Johnson, a professor of
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to be spent in nursing
animosity or registering
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nutrition at the University of Vermont in Burlington, who was not
involved in the research.
Until then, she said the message is clear: "Sugar-sweetened beverages --
avoid, avoid, avoid! That's the major source of added sugars for
Getting fructose from eating fruits appears to be less of a problem, she
said, perhaps because they also contain many healthful substances like
antioxidants and fiber. Fruit has just 4 to 10 grams of fructose per serving,
while a can of Coca-Cola has 39 grams of high-fructose corn syrup, about
half of which is fructose (the rest is glucose).
Last year, Johnson helped prepare a statement about sugar and heart
disease from the American Heart Association, which included dietary
"For most American women," she advises, "no more than six teaspoons or
100 calories a day of added sugars, and no more than nine teaspoons for
That is less than one can of Coca-Cola.
In a press release about the new study, the Corn Refiners Association, a
U.S. trade group, said the researchers had muddled the differences
between fructose and glucose, the other half of high-fructose corn syrup
and table sugar.
"The rise in glucose consumption also mirrors the dramatic rise in
hypertension," the release said.
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, online July 1, 2010.
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Experts say 40 percent of cancers could be prevented
Kate Kelland
LONDON (Reuters) - Forty percent of the 12 million people diagnosed
with cancer worldwide each year could avert the killer disease by
protecting themselves against infections and changing their lifestyles,
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moment of anger, you will
escape a hundred days of
sorrow. -- Chinese Proverb
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Get Fresh!
Volunteer with Philabundance Fresh for All
You recycle out the wazoo and consider yourself consigliore of the
enviro-sack mafia.
Hence, a cause you can believe in: Philabundance wants to fill those
ubiquitous bags with produce through its new Fresh for All programs.
And you can help by volunteering.
The nonprofit hands out perishables at six sites in the
Delaware Valley — where nutritious diet staples are hard to come by,
especially in tough times.
With a minimum three-hour commitment, you’ll keep busy. Help with
admin, approve clients, or do community outreach (posting mailings,
making phone calls).
Looking for something physical?
Take food to sites, divide apples, and dole out the goods. You’ll be doing
a major part to help people get the fruits and veggies they need. And
that’s a green movement to be proud of.
To participate in Fresh for All, contact
Tunisia Garnett (215-339-0900 ext. 238 or
For more information, go to
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Tips for making oatmeal appealing to kids
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Website Offers Revolutionary Green Alternatives
for Communities/Nations
Greetings. I hope that you and your business/ organizations are all
doing well. As we enter into a new year, I expect that many of us
have already envisioned what we would like to accomplish in this
new year. As long as we have positive intentions for not just ourselves
but also our fellow inhabitants on this planet
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as well as the mother Earth herself, may the Creator of the Universe bless
our visions and goals to become a material manifestation.
I would like to invite everyone to visit
I am one of the co-founders of this organization. While the initiative
of this organization focuses on improving the lives of the African
Diaspora and building up eco-friendly, peaceful, self sustaining and
prosperous communities in their ancestral lands, we extend a welcome
hand for all to check a part of our vision out by visiting our site.
Our site was put in video format for simplicity and visuals to keep
the interests of our visitors. When you first click on the provided
website address, you will notice that we begin with our goals on
dealing with electricity. There are actually two clips explaining the
same technology, we recommend the second clip for a more detailed
explanation on how this technology works. The following two clips
deals with how we plan on providing clean water to the citizens and then
water recycling.
The fifth video demonstrates how sewer systems are unnecessary.
There are many issues that we tackle on our site. We are currently in
talks with university and reverse engineers to have these technologies
made at a lower cost and with high quality specifications.
Any feedback or suggestions is welcome and
any donations would be highly appreciated.
There is a lot of useful information and we encourage all to take
advantage of it and to view it for themselves, we're
confident that you will be excited as we are once you see
the potential in such technology.
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Here are some interesting facts that might make your world spin!
• The garbage in a landfill stays for about 30 years.
• In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full.
• Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage
every day.
• One bus carries as many people as 40 cars!
• More than 1/3 of all energy is used by people at home
• Most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year
• We each use about 12,000 gallons of water every year
• 1/3 of all water is used to flush the toilet.
• The 500 million automobiles on earth burn an average of 2 gallons
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getting someone else to do
something you want done
because he wants to do it. -
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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of fuel a day.
• Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the
• Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each ear
ends up in the ocean.
• The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to
light a traditional light bulb for four hours
• For every 2000 pounds of paper (1 ton) recycled, we save 7,000
gallons of water free from chemicals.
• Recycled paper requires 64% less energy than making paper from
virgin wood pulp, and can save many trees
• Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees
• The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50
million homes for 20 years
• Earth is 2/3 water. But all the fresh water streams only represent
one hundredth of one percent.
• 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year
• It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make
new ones
• 5 billion aluminum cans are used each year
• 84 percent of all household waste can be recycled.
• Computers pose an environmental threat because much of the
material that makes them up is hazardous. A typical monitor
contains 4-5 pounds of lead.
• Each year billions of used batteries are thrown away in the United
States. This constitutes 88% of the mercury and 54% of the
cadmium deposited into our landfills
• Approximately only 10 percent of every landfill can be cleaned up.
• Ivory comes from dead elephants, its best not to buy it.
• Fur coats often come from endangered animals,
it's best not to buy them.
• One gallon of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of
water. So dispose of properly!
• Here is an example of the water we use everyday:
3-7 gallons for toilet,
25-30 gallons for tub,
50-70 gallons for a 10 minute shower,
1 washing machine load uses 25-40 gallons,
1 dishwasher load uses 9-12 gallons
• Here is an example of how long it takes some things take to break
down: plastics take 500 years, aluminum cans take 500 years,
organic materials, take 6 months, cotton, rags, paper takes 6
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"The block of granite
which is an obstacle in the
pathway of the weak,
becomes a stepping-stone in
the pathway of the strong."
-Thomas Carlyle
Don't throw your old TVs away!
All electronics can be dropped off for recycling at either
Domino Lane & Umbria St.
State Rd. & Ashburner St. in Philadelphia
at the
Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers,
Monday through Saturday
8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
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Weavers Way #5 plastics recycling resumes
Fellow Recyclers, Weavers Way collection of #5 plastics, which are not
included in the City’s recycling program, will be on the 3rd Saturday of
each month: The collections take place at the co-op's garage,
at 542 Carpenter Lane,
which is across the street and a bit further down the block from the Big
Blue Marble bookstore.
Please note that we need volunteers to keep this project going. (Weavers
Way members can get work credit for helping us; work shifts are
available on co-op's the online calendar.)
The #5 category includes yogurt cups, sour cream containers, hummus
tubs, some medicine bottles, and more. Your recyclables must be clean
and dry to be accepted. Check to make sure there are no other materials
(paper, screws, other number plastics) on the items you bring in.
Impurities of any kind compromise the recycling process and usually lead
to the discarding of an entire batch. Exclude any lids unless they are
clearly marked #5. (Most lids from #5 containers are #4 plastic, but this is
not always the case.)
We ask recyclers for a small donation to cover postage costs of mailing
the recyclables to the Gimme 5 processing facility in New York.
Before bringing your #5s to the collection, be sure that they meet the
requirements for Gimme 5:
All items must be CLEAN and DRY. If they contained food or any oily or
dirty product, make sure they have been washed, not just rinsed. Items
stacked when wet tend to stay wet, so allow washed items to dry fully
before stacking or packing.
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"Forgiveness is taking
seriously the awfulness of
what has happened when
you are treated unfairly.
Forgiveness is not
pretending that things are
other than the way they
are." - Desmond Tutu
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The #5 stamp needs to be visible on each item. Lids are separate items.
Don’t assume lids are the same number plastic as the container;
sometimes they are but usually they are not. Check to make sure there are
no other materials (labels, paper, and other number plastics, metal) on the
items you bring in.
Brita filters are also welcome! Let them air dry for several days to make
sure they are completely dry.
We'll see you soon!
Carolyn, Helen, Priscilla and Stevik
of the Weavers Way Environment Committee
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Recycling Services Inc. in Pottstown takes styrofoam on Saturday and
Tuesday mornings.
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For sustainable enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly
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40 Ways to Save on Almost Anything
Tips on Being Safe at Home
By Natalie Grace, eHow Contributing Writer
First Aid
One of the best things you can do for your family's safety (especially if
you have children) is to have a first aid kit on hand. Falls, choking, dog
bites and burns are some of the most frequent injuries that happen at
home. Your first aid kit should include bandages, cotton swabs, saline
solution, waterproof film dressing, disposable gloves, antiseptic and first
aid tape. Keep ice-packs in the freezer as well. Do not wait until you have
used up almost all the items in your first aid kit to replenish it. Include it
in your grocery check each week and add the necessary items to your list.
Electrical Safety
Electricity-related injuries in the home are quite common. This often
stems from homeowners being uneducated about the danger of electrical
wires. To prevent electrical shock and injuries, make sure your extension
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(Thanks, Tom)
When you want something
expensive, ask your
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cords and outlets are not overloaded. Discard electrical cords that are
frayed or damaged, and refrain from putting electrical cords underneath
rugs and carpets. Use the appropriate bulbs and wattage for lamps and
light fixtures. Test your smoke detectors and replace the batteries
annually. Always read and adhere to the manufacturer's safety directions
on electrical products. Thoroughly clean all spills from the floor. If you
have an electrical problem, do not ignore it--call an electrician or your
maintenance person.
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Frator Heru Institute Fall Semester 2010 Course Catalogue
The Frator Heru Institute has published its Fall Semester 2010 Course and
Program Guide for its class schedule ending December 9th.
The Institute offers a variety of educational and cultural programs serving
the African American community in North Philadelphia.
Download the guide here.
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USDA offers Hunger-Free Communities grants
The US Department of Agriculture is offering Hunger- Free Communities
grants to help cities and towns across the country fight hunger and food
insecurity and promote healthy eating.
The grants will help fund research, planning and hunger relief activities
such as food distribution, community outreach, development of new
resources, and strategies to reduce or prevent hunger and food insecurity.
Two models of grants are available: planning and assessment grants or
implementation grants.
For more information, go here.

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Aspen Institute offers scholarships to students of color
The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation in
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A tightwad was convinced
by a friend to buy a couple
of lottery tickets. But after
he won the big prize he
didn't seem happy.
"What’s wrong?" the
friend asked. "You just
became a millionaire!"
"I know," he groaned. "I
can't imagine why I bought
that second ticket!"
Washington is offering scholarships to introduce a diverse group of
students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social
enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector.
The $2,000 fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need,
is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. Fellows
undertake research, writing, logistical, and administrative support for
PSI's leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings.
Application guidelines are available here.
200 Free Scholarships For Minorities (NEW UPDATED 2010
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HIV/AIDS Prevention Workshop
Workshop Summary
Culturally-Relevant Communication about HIV/AIDS is an interactive
and user-friendly workshop. Ivan J. Juzang, MEE President and Founder
will examine the environmental influences, attitudes and behaviors and
unique communication style of urban, ethnic and other hard-to-reach
audiences; review theories and techniques for developing cost-effective
and culturally-relevant communication strategies; and then show session
attendees how to apply these learnings to their own HIV/AIDS testing
programs, prevention services and outreach efforts.
Learning Objectives
After attending the session, attendees will have the background necessary
to more effectively communicate with their target audiences about sex,
sexuality and HIV/AIDS. They will also have a clearer understanding of
media consumption patterns and other social factors that impact sexual
decision-making; and the attitudes, motivations and perceptions of
minorities on healthy sexuality and HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and
treatment. Such information will help interventionists, community-based
organizations and service providers develop innovative and effective
messages and services targeted to minority audiences.
Workshop Description:
Topics explored during the session include:
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The environmental context, peer group dynamics and social interactions
that influence sexual behaviors;
How service providers can be more culturally aware, and increase the
effectiveness of their outreach, media and materials; and
Strategies for attracting the hardest-to-reach audiences to HIV-prevention,
testing and treatment programs.
To inquire about a MEE Workshop at Your Organization call
215.829.4920 or Email here
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At- Risk Youth
Annie E. Casey Foundation
A private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures
for disadvantaged children in the United States. The foundation offers
community-focused grants. The site also has several publications.
Provides funding to both 501(c)(3) and local/state government.
Organizations wishing to send a proposal to the Foundation should submit
a letter of no more than three pages explaining the organization and its
project and how the money will be used. Send the letters to: The AEC
Foundation; Attn: Office of the President; 701 Saint Paul St.; Baltimore,
MD 21202.
Phone: 410-547-6600
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AOL Time Warner Foundation
The AOL Time Warner Foundation is dedicated to using the power of
media, communications and information technology to serve the public
interest and strengthen society. However, rather than simply providing
grant monies or funding unsolicited requests, the foundation prefers to
enter into sustainable strategic partnerships with organizations that have a
demonstrated commitment to pioneering innovative ways of meeting four
priorities: Equipping kids for the 21st century; Extending Internet benefits
to all; Engaging communities in the arts; and Empowering citizens and
civic participation.
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AT&T Foundation
The AT&T Foundation seeks to educate, enrich, engage, and empower the
communities served by AT&T. The Foundation's funding areas are
education, civic and community service, and arts and culture.
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Beaumont Foundation
The Beaumont Foundation of America (BFA), a non-profit philanthropic
organization, is dedicated to the enriching the lives of individuals by
providing technology to historically underserved schools and
communities. The foundation believes technologies are essential tools for
progress in the 21st century, and that given access to digital information,
people will have an equal opportunity to advance socially, economically
and intellectually.
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The Student Achievement Grants program provides grants of $5,000
each to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in
critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standardsbased
subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of
inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work
resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors,
advanced placement, and other challenging curricula are particularly
encouraged. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies,
equipment, transportation, software, and scholars-in-residence.
Applicants must be practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades K-12,
public school education support professionals, or faculty and staff at
public higher education institutions.
Visit the NEA Foundation Web site for complete grant program
RFP Link:
For additional RFPs in Education, visit:
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Banta Company Foundation
The Banta Company Foundation provides funding for at-risk youth and
delinquency prevention initiatives. The funds can be used for equipment,
general/operating expenses, seed money, program development, as well as
other areas. For more information please contact:
Banta Company Foundation
225 Main Street
PO Box 8003
Menasha,WI 54952-8003.
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Best Buy Children's Foundation
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Annot. L. Sheppard
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The mission of the Best Buy Children's Foundation is to improve the lives
of youth aged 5 - 18 in communities where Best Buy maintains a business
presence. The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations with
innovative approaches to developing life skills in young people through
education, mentoring, and leadership development. Funds can be used for:
program development; direct project support; specific curriculum
development; and scholarship aid for participants in life skills or
mentoring programs. The Foundation typically awards grants ranging
from $2000 - $10,000 to nonprofits.
Healthy Community Outreach Program
will be granted to nonprofit organizations to support grassroots efforts
which increase awareness on critical health initiatives through health
walks, health fairs and health education outreach.
Grants up to $25,000 will be considered.
Please provide all levels of event sponsorships on your application.
Nonprofit organizations with evidence of IRS 501(c)(3) designation or de
facto tax-exempt status may apply for a grant, with the following
exceptions: advertising; capital campaigns; grants or scholarships to
individuals; multiyear requests; political causes and events; or religious
organizations in support of their sacramental or theological functions.>Awards
Ongoing Deadline
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Ben and Jerry's Foundation
Ben and Jerry's Foundation has no specific program areas. The
Foundation seeks projects that lead to societal change or address the root
causes of problems. The Foundation awards grants ranging in amount
from $1,000 to $15,000. Applicants must submit a letter of interest at any
time during the year.
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SpotLight On Our Efforts
Please spread the word
Hosts for Hospitals is a little nonprofit that matches people with houses in
West Philly who can volunteer a room for the family of a child
hospitalized at CHOP or an adult at HUP or Presby. This way, they can
stay nearby while their person is in the hospital--and otherwise they may
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Live with your whole being
all the days of your life.
Your reward will be true
happiness. - Rebecca
Thomas Shane
To join The Coalition
go to:
and download a copy
of the Pledge of
Commitment and
return it to us
not be able to afford to. This is a terrific organization, and believe me,
they have thought of absolutely everything (can only accommodate one
person? Check. Only want a visitor for two days or less? Check. Etc, etc.).
This is a great opportunity for both the host family (especially people who
know what it's like to have a family member in the hospital) and the
visitor---it often fosters lasting friendships. Some of the families are from
other countries, so it's also sort of an international exchange program.
Here's their web site:
Their office is at 4719 Pine Street.
Contact them at: 215.472.3801
or email Tammy at:
They also need volunteers in their office, and folks to ride their bikes
around the neighborhood to pin up flyers for them once a month.
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is a mentoring program that will provide guidance, support,
and opportunities for young girls, enabling them
to develop their creative, independent voices, and
learn how to make healthy choices in all areas of their lives.
In combination with a creative, fun and writing activities,
BLOOM will foster positive relationships and provide opportunities
for girls to build self-esteem and discuss issues that are
important to their overall development.
For more information: Ph: 267-386-8204 ext. 2 or
Just as seeds start small and flourish into beautiful flowers,
BLOOM's focus is to help transform young girls into spectacular women.
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Lest We Forget Slavery and Holocaust Museum
To all who have visited our museum and supported us in the past, to those
who have heard of us, have talked about us, and want to know about it,
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"One can choose to go back
toward safety or forward
toward growth. Growth
must be chosen again and
again; fear must be
overcome again and
again." - Abraham Maslow
To join The Coalition
go to:
and download a copy
of the Pledge of
Commitment and
return it to us
and those that are asking if they can help,
the answer is yes you can!
Here’s how!
We of
are having a "Fundraiser to remember and honor those who passed thru
the ‘doors of no return’ by the building of a
"Tunnel of Remembrance"
To our ancestors and all those who fought and died for the great cause of
"freedom". This tunnel is dedicated to those devoted to the freedoms for
all people and the eradication of that awful slave trade. As we share our
memories with in this tunnel, we ask that you place a piece of your history
in it also, by the purchase of a
"Brick of Remembrance".
Bricks can be purchased on our web site,
or mail in the brochure, Be sure to print legibly, Each brick will be etched
with the names and memories of loved ones, Friendship, Sacrifice,
Courage, and those who are gone but not forgotten, those brave
abolitionists White and black, whose lives were not spared but suffered
the same fate, Let us also keep in mind those still with us on the front
lines letting us know for sure, Freedom is not free "Lest We Forget".
J. Justin Ragsdale Director/Chief Curator
LWF/Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery
Telephone: 215-397-6060
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I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the
place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow
his vision wherever it takes him. Pauline Kael
Jus’ Words at Dowlings Place
1310 No. Broad St. Phila
Every Thurs. 9pm to 1am
• Poets
• Rappers
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Send your information
to: News From The
Coalition, Inc.
All entries for
submission should be
received by noon, the
Monday prior to
publish date and in
Press Release form.
• Singers
• Spoken Word Artists
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The African Family Health Organization
(AFAHO) will host its
1st annual African & Caribbean Health Forum
Sunday, November 14th at 12 noon
at the
African Cultural Center
5000 Springfield Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143
AFAHO, Palm Solutions, GILEAD and Abbott
Pharmaceuticals are sponsoring the event with the collaboration of
The AIDS Care Group, Jefferson Medical College Refugee Health
Partners and Temple University
Kornberg School of Dentistry.
There are an estimated 200,000 African and Caribbean immigrants and
refugees in the greater Philadelphia area and we hope to attract hundreds
to this forum. Health professionals will provide education on various
health issues as well as HIV testing, blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol,
dental, eye and Hepatitis B screenings. Community members will be able
to discuss their concerns with staff and volunteers in
English, French, Haitian Creole and several African languages.
Free flu shots will be offered.
About the African Family Health Organization (AFAHO):
AFAHO was founded in 2003 by Ms. Tiguida Kaba, an African
immigrant to address an unmet need among members of the African and
Caribbean immigrant and refugee communities in the Philadelphia area
who experience difficulties accessing healthcare and social services due to
cultural, geographic, linguistic, and other barriers. AFAHO
assists, serves and empowers members of these communities in order to
improve their access to these services.
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To join The Coalition
go to:
and download a copy
of the Pledge of
Commitment and
return it to us
Send your information
to: News From The
Coalition, Inc.
All entries for
submission should be
received by noon, the
Monday prior to
publish date and in
Press Release form.
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Coalition sponsors first
Youth Leadership Summit
On Saturday, November 13th,
Eastern North Philadelphia Youth Services Coalition's
youth leaders will host its first annual
“Let's Walk and Talk" 2010 Youth Leadership Summit
LaSalle University from
10am to 4pm.
The summit is a one day event led by ENPYSC Youth Leaders. Its
purpose is to inspire youth to become positive catalysts for change in their
homes, schools, communities, and ultimately, their own lives. A number
of interactive workshops and discussions will cover topics on college, the
portrayal of urban youth in the media, gang violence, improving
communication between adults and youth, and helping out-of-school
youth return to school.
For more information, visit here.
* * * Outside PA * * *
Executive volunteers offer IT consultation
Volunteer Executive Consultants, a program of RSVP of Montgomery
County, is offering low-cost consultation to help nonprofit reduce their
technology costs and improve their effectiveness.
VEC-TEC will perform a technology assessment with written
recommendations for $50. Additional time is billed on a sliding fee scale.
For more information, call Elaine Gershenson at 610-834-1040, ext. 11 or
email here.
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Group offers low-cost web access to nonprofits
Mobile Citizen, a provider of mobile broadband for education and
nonprofits, will offer a Technology Assistance Grant program beginning
in January to provide non-profit organizations with affordable access to
the Internet.
Available only in Portland, Oregon, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia, the
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The Bible, Through the
Eyes of a Child
Children Pray
"Lead a snot into
temptation." (Praying for
her sister to get into
A four year old girl prayed,
"And forgive us our trash
baskets as we forgive those
who put trash in our
A little boy prayed, "God, if
you can't make me a better
boy, that's OK. I'm having
a good time the way I am."
"Give us this day our jelly
"Give us this steak and
daily bread, and forgive us
our mattresses."
"Hail, Mary, full of
"Our Father, who art in
heaven, how didja know my
grant includes reduced-price service from Mobile Citizen, with unlimited
usage for only $10/month or $120/year per account. It bundles Mobile
Citizen’s wireless broadband, powered by WiMAX, a fourth generation
(4G) technology from Clearwire Corporation with a variety of benefits
available only to grantees, including:
-- 12 months of service from Mobile Citizen extended to 15 months at no
additional charge. With this, nonprofits receive three free months of
service per account.
-- Dedicated Mobile Citizen Customer Care customized for non-profit
-- A free one-year membership to NTEN, a nonprofit technology network,
ongoing information and news as well as access to a support community.
-- A choice of additional benefits including an educational webinar series.
For more information, email Free Trial.
"None of us has gotten where we are solely by pulling ourselves up from our own bootstraps. We got
here because somebody bent down and helped us." - Thurgood Marshall
Hunger Coalition starts Adopt-A-Pantry project
Food pantries and soup kitchens feed more than 316,000 people in
Philadelphia every year.
To support them, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
Coalition has initiated an online Adopt-A-Pantry program.
Visitors to the Coalition’s site are offered an opportunity to read the
stories behind area food pantries and soup kitchens and “adopt” it by
making a recurring monthly donation to help the program buy food, paper
goods, cooking utensils, kitchen equipment and other necessities. Donors
can also make a one-time contribution. Donation is 100 percent taxdeductible.
For more information or to donate, go here
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Skip A Meal For Haiti
Most Americans eat at least three meals a day. Some eat more often.
Millions of people in Haiti have not had a meal in one week and a good
meal in recent memory. Will you skip a meal for the people of Haiti and
send the money to a relief agency?
Will you not eat one meal, on one day so that they can eat for a week?
The cost of lunch at almost any affordable restaurant in America is
between $5.00 and $14.00. Some restaurants have menus that serve four
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and five course dinners that can cost as much as $100.00 per person, not
including beverages. For as little as two dollars a day, you can help
provide food, drinking water and some sanitation supplies for a Haitian
child or adult. A $14.00 contribution can help feed and hydrate a Haitian
child for a week. We can all afford to make a difference!
The Black Star Project is asking you to miss at least one meal this week
for the people of Haiti and to send the money that you would have spent
on your breakfast, lunch or dinner to a relief fund that is on the ground
working in Haiti.
Many people say they want to go to Haiti to help those affected by the
earthquake. The cost of a round trip flight from New York City to Portau-
Prince, Haiti is more than $2,000.00. Decent hotel lodging, which is
virtually impossible to find in Haiti, might cost another $2,000.00 for one
week. And your mouth would become another mouth to feed of more
than 2 million people who need food and water day.
Instead of going to Haiti, will you miss a lunch for Haiti and send the
money you would have spent on that lunch to one of the on-the-ground
relief agencies listed below:
The Black Star Project (773.285.9600) recommends that you send your
contributions to:
Yele Haiti (Wyclef Jean's Relief Effort) at or text YELE to
501501 to donate $5.00 on your phone bill
UNICEF at or call 800.367.5437
Doctors Without Borders at or call
American Red Cross at or call 800.REDCROSS
(800.733.2767) or 800.257.7575 (Espanol)
Partners in Health at or call 617.432.5256
Charity water at
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America’s Original Savings Network
As amazing as it may sound many people do not realize how easy it is
to LEGALLY stop paying for their groceries! This is how the one hour
television show began for the company whose website is at:
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Q: Are these manufacturer coupons or coupons that I print on my
A: All of our coupons are actual manufacturer coupons. Fewer and fewer
retailers accept coupons that are printed from your computer because of a
huge increase in counterfeit coupons. Actual manufacturer coupons which
we issue are accepted everywhere that coupons are accepted.
Q: Can these coupons be doubled?
A: Yes. These are manufacturer issued coupons and may be doubled in
any store that offers double coupons.
Q: What are the face values and the expiration dates of these coupons?
A: Being manufacturer coupons, the manufactuer determines the face
values of the coupons. We currently stock coupons ranging in value from
40 cents to 5.00 dollars. The coupon expiration dates are generally valid
for 90 days.
Q: How can I use $1,000.00 worth of coupons in 90 days?
A: With our program, you get to choose the coupons you want, when you
want them. This way you never have to worry about the coupons expiring.
Q:How do I choose the coupons I want?
A: Each coupon book contains coupon request slips which you fill out and
send in. Those coupons are then mailed to you.
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Volunteer In Africa
Explore a Continent of Contrasts while Volunteering in Africa
For over a decade, Cross-Cultural Solutions has supported thousands of
volunteers in Africa on programs in Ghana, Morocco,
South Africa and Tanzania.
CCS volunteers work side-by-side with local people in community
organizations focused on supporting social services, education,
and health initiatives.
Discover one of the world’s most diverse continents and see firsthand the
challenges it faces and how you can make a positive impact with CCS.
Go to:
ostensible \ah-
Represented or
appearing to be true,
but not necessarily
Our group A HAND UP! Is now open, please go to:
In response to the needs of many grassroots organizations for the basic
tools to implement and sustain their ideas and projects, The Coalition, Inc.
members have come together to establish a network to facilitate the
distribution/re-distribution of unwanted, unneeded, surplus and even
repairable items for recycling.
To join: A Hand Up!
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